Brendan Kergin, Arts & Entertainment Editor Ω
Six nights of live theatre will be capping off four years of education for a group of TRU students. They’re part of the theatre program and will be filling the Actors Workshop Theatre in Old Main from April 8 to 13 with productions done completely by students.
“You have to take all the acting courses and then in fourth year you can take fourth-year acting along with fourth-year directing,” Justin Hall said. “So, you have to make your way up to directing and it’s one of the upper level courses. Then you get to direct the students that are in the third-year classes.”
Hall is one of the fourth-year students in the directing course. He’s taking on Steve Yokey’s Bright. Apple. Crush., a dark show looking at murder and has three actors to guide.
“For me, as a director, during the process I’m trying to help them [the actors/classmates] with their directing next year if the take it,” he said. “So it’s kind of nice for me to pass on some tips. It’s good because being acquaintances with everyone we all see each other at least twice a week and we get to talk about it.”
This will be the first time the directing students get to direct a whole play that will be performed for a paying audience.
“I’m ready, I hope my actors are,” said Brittany McCarty, another fourth-year student and director of the play Mary Just Broke Up With This Guy. “Well, maybe opening I’ll be ‘What can happen?’ but at this point I’m not nervous.”
“It’s a long process. We’ve been together for a month and a half with this one play, so it’s kind of nice,” said Hall. “By the end you get to see everything, your vision on stage.”
“Justin and I, last year we were third years, so we were in Director Festival being directed by students last year,” McCarthy said. “It was hard being on the other side at the beginning but now it’s just…it’s going to be good. And you get to see what your other classmates have pulled out, too.”
Over the six nights seven short plays will be acted out.
“It’s like trail mix but good,” said third-year actor Brooke Ballam, describing the variety of plays lined up. He’s one of the actors working with Hall in Bright. Apple. Crush. which is the darkest play to be performed. Mary Just Broke Up With This Guy is a comedy with an actress playing a single character while her male counterpart goes through many character changes.
The seven plays are split into a group of three, or Night A, and a group of four, known as Night B. Night A will be performed April 8, 10 and 12 while Night B is April 9, 11 and 13. Tickets are $12 for one night or $18 for both.